So many times this winter we have had frost forecast, so the fleece has come out in the greenhouse, heater on in the conservatory and the next morning , nothing, everywhere still green. Not that I am complaining mind you, but the Met. Office for the whole country is only 5 miles down the road on the outskirts of Exeter and they seem to have great difficulty in getting our local weather correct, never mind everyone elses ! Last night , once again, frost was forecast and we thought, should we, shouldn’t we, prepare again ? Just as well we did, there was a very slight frost but there weren’t loads of pretty frosted leaves for me to photograph for you I’m afraid.
Havn’t been feeling too good lately, so it is about a week since I ventured out into the garden, the first thing I saw by the front door was my first snowdrop, Farringdon’s Double.
Checking back to last years post about snowdrops, I saw that with all the snow and ice which was covering everywhere, this snowdrop didn’t venture forth until January, so is about 3 weeks earlier this time.
This is a lovely large snowdrop, twice the size of the little wild one, which won’t flower for at least another 3 or 4 weeks. The wild ones are showing their “noses” above ground, but I think will wait a little longer before sending up their flower buds. Next to the snowdrop in this photo is a bud of Jasminum nudiflorum.
On rather wobbly legs, I then made my way into the back and the woodland strip to see if any more snowdrops had come out, no snowdrops but a few cyclamen still flowering away, I’m sure these are hederifolium still flowering since August, fantastic.
Further on, almost in the ditch, was this white cyclamen. Won’t be long before Cyclamen coum joins the party.
A few steps further on was a lonely anemone centred Hellebore looking absolutely gorgeous !
Decided to go back in as the old legs were feeling rather weak, so I thought that I would share my beautiful orchid with you.
Feeling rather pleased with this as I have managed to get it to flower again and am now deciding that they are quite easy to grow and therefore must buy more !!
I’m looking forward to Christmas with a lot of pampering from my daughter and daughter in law, I won’t be doing any cooking, will leave that to all the younger generation, male and female, it will be wonderful ! Will try and squeeze another post in before Christmas for Christina’s Foliage Day, but just in case, I wish you and your families a very Happy Christmas.